Ebola outbreak risk to US ‘very low’

first_img Tweet Share 45 Views   no discussions HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Ebola outbreak risk to US ‘very low’ by: – August 5, 2014 Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! US National Security Advisor Susan Rice has said the risk of Ebola transmission in the US is “very low”, as a second American arrives for treatment.One US aid worker is being cared for in Atlanta while his colleague, also infected, is on her way from Liberia to the same specialist hospital.Another man, in New York, is being tested after travelling to the region.Since February, 887 people have died in four West African countries. The World Bank has given $200m (£120m) to help.The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the US has received at least 100 calls from people questioning why the sick aid workers should be allowed into the country.But Ms Rice told NBC the risk to Americans was deemed “very low” by the CDC.“We have in this country the protocols to isolate and manage any patient who may present with those symptoms of the disease.”A second American infected with the virus in Liberia is expected to arrive in Atlanta for treatment on Tuesday morning.Nancy Writebol is said to be improving after receiving two doses of a experimental treatment not previously tested on humans.Nancy Writebol in Liberia – October 2013Nancy Writebol is on her way to a special isolation ward at Atlanta’s Emory University HospitalHer colleague, Dr Kent Brantly, who also received the experimental treatment, arrived at Emory University Hospital on Saturday and was able to walk into hospital, where he is being held in isolation.Known as ZMapp, the treatment boosts the immune system’s ability to fight off Ebola through antibodies made by lab animals exposed to elements of the virus.It had shown promise in monkeys, CNN reports, but had never before been tested on humans.It is unclear if the Americans’ improvements are related to the drug. Dr Brantly was reportedly also given a blood transfusion from a boy who recovered from Ebola while in his care.In a statement, the company said very little of the drug is available and they were “co-operating with appropriate government agencies to increase production as quickly as possible”.The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must grant permission to use such treatments on humans in the US, but the agency does not have authority over its use outside the country.An FDA spokeswoman could not confirm or deny FDA granting access to any experimental therapy for the aid workers inside the US, the Associated Press reports.The two aid workers were serving with aid groups helping fight the Ebola outbreak in Liberia.There is no cure or vaccine for Ebola, but patients have a better chance of survival if they receive early treatment.The current outbreak is killing between 50% and 60% of people infected. Initial flu-like symptoms can lead to external haemorrhaging from areas like eyes and gums, and internal bleeding which can lead to organ failure.BBC Newslast_img read more

Dzeko: Is it even possible to comment Pjanic’s Goal?

first_imgEdin Dzeko, captain of the national team of BiH, hit Sommer’s network in the 14th minute and opened the door for the victory of Dragons in last night’s match against Switzerland (2: 0).“We played a great match, especially the first half. In the second half we left the ball to Swiss team and they had more possession, but they had only one or two chances during the 90 minutes of the match, which makes us all happy. We deserved the victory”, stated Dzeko.Asked to comment Pjanic’s goal for 2: 0, Dzeko briefly said: “Is it even possible to comment that goal? You saw everything”.Captain of the national team of BiH praised debutants in the national team – Haris Duljevic, Daniel Graovac, Srdjan Grahovac, Mateo Susic and Marin Anicic.“Debutants are great guys, they did their job maximally and I’m glad that the coach gave a chance to all the players. These 10 days have been very useful, and I congratulate them once again because they are a win for this national team,” said Dzeko.(Source: E. B./Klix.ba)last_img read more

Customers stop suspect who began shooting inside of a restaurant

first_imgOfficials in West Palm Beach are reporting that a suspect with an extensive criminal history was briefly subdued by customers at a restaurant after he opened fire inside the establishment.The incident was reported on Saturday around 5:30 pm at the Capri Restaurant on Southern Boulevard.According to the report, 64-year-old Armando Zambrano was asked to leave the property but refused to do so. He then got into a verbal altercation which ended with Zambrano leaving the restaurant but promising to return.Almost 10 minutes later, Zambrano reappeared at the restaurant and shot at a group of men playing dominoes.One man inside the establishment was able to get the gun away from Zambrano but Zambrano managed to flee the property.Zambrano was later arrested and charged with four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.Authorities also reported that his extensive criminal history includes charges for making a terroristic threat to a government building and attacking a federal agent.last_img read more

13-year-old boy graduates with 4 associates degrees

first_imgA 13-year-old boy from California is graduating with multiple degrees.Jack Rico is a student at Fullerton College in California, is graduating with four associate’s degrees. He is the youngest graduate in the school’s history.According to KABC, Jack started in college when he was only 11 years old, and he plans to further his education at the University of Nevada, where he will purse a bachelor’s degree in history.Jack said he doesn’t know what he wants to do with his degrees just yet.“Well, I mean, I’m 13, so I don’t want to rush everything,” he said. “I’m still trying to figure it out, but I just want to focus on learning right now. That’s what I love to do.”last_img

DD Gardening: Here’s why watering is important for your plant

first_imgIn this weekend’s garden column, I discuss how important watering is for your plants. This includes summer bedding, roses, shrubs, trees, perennials, annuals and lawns.As we head into summer, we tend to have days without significant rainfall. As I discussed in a previous column in regards to lawn care, we can see reminisce of last summer’s drought on our lawns.Did you know us humans would only survive 48hrs without consuming a liquid? Crazy! Advertisement Well plants are similar and water is vastly important to a plants growth and longevity.Capillary Action The plants use xylem and phloem to pass nutrients and much more back forth from the leaves to the roots. These are very similar to our arteries and veins and work in a similar principle.This exercise of passing these nutrients and water from the very bottom, the roots to the new growth on the very top of trees, flowers and shrubs is by a capillary force. Advertisement This allows the mightiest of trees to rush nutrients and water all the way up to the new growth. This action is basically where there is a pull on one and not the other.Nutrients Almost all water contains properties of different nutrients such as calcium, iron and magnesium. These are all vastly important for plants growth.Slight defiance can lead to discolouration of the veins, leaves and stunted growth. An example is bottom end rot in tomatoes which is caused by inconsistent watering and imbalance of calcium being made available.Photosynthesis This is the uptake of Carbon Dioxide C02 and the release of Oxygen 02. Stomata which are small pores in the leaves uptake air and through a chemical reaction release it as oxygen.As you can imagine during this process water vapour is also lost. Once the plant realises that there isn’t sufficient water available it will shut down these stomata to keep water stores available.Once this occurs, the plants growth is slowed as they cannot carry out photosynthesis.Diseases & Pests Once plants become stressed cause them to become vulnerable and susceptible to diseases and pests. Once their systems shut down, the plant can’t defend itself properly from attacks.Similar to when us human’s immune system becomes weakened we tend to find it hard to battle other sicknesses.Cooling As you can imagine during these warm dry spells of weather, the temperature can rise significantly. Generally speaking, most plants will significantly slow down their growth rate at around 28 degrees Celsius.This is to ensure they retain as much water moisture as best as possible. So watering helps cool them down and reduces further stressing occurring.Over WateringThis is when the plant has reached peak saturation and there is still water available to it. This can be even more detrimental to them then under watering.As the saying goes, it’s near on impossible to put toothpaste back into the tub once it has been removed. This can apply in this situation as well, it’s very difficult to remove excess water from your soil or compost once it has been applied. Most plants generally don’t like their roots sitting in damp, cold water conditions.Under WateringThere’s a point of no return which is called ‘The Permanent Wilting Point’. This a point of no return as all the moisture has been used up by the plant and has no other sources to avail of. Carefully monitoring of your plant is critical. Look out for leaves or new growth wilting. That will be the first signs of under watering.When to Water? Little and often is the key to watering. I believe in watering early in the morning. This helps prepare your plant for the day ahead.Watering late in the evening means your plant will sit in damp conditions for many hours. This may result in an increase in pest and diseases as well as affecting your plants growth.If you have any questions on this article or any other gardening questions please feel free to contact me. Contact details are below.Happy Gardening! Conor GallinaghBAgrSc, Horticulture, Landscape, & Sportsturf ManagementMCIHortWebsite: conorgallinagh.comEmail: [email protected]: Conor Gallinagh – Horticulture ConsultantInstagram: @conorgallinaghTwitter: @ConorGallinaghDD Gardening: Here’s why watering is important for your plant was last modified: May 18th, 2019 by Conor GallinaghShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Raidrers vs. Colts: Five questions with opposing beat writer

first_imgFive questions with Zak Keefer, who covers the Indianapolis Colts for The Athletic”1) We’ll get to Jacoby Brissett in a minute. Was curious for your perspective on how the Colts moved on from Andrew Luck’s retirement. Was there even a hint of anger or resentment for pulling the plug so late in the game? And if not, why not?I’ll be perfectly blunt on this: they handled this way better than I expected them to, and way better than most NFL teams would. I mean, the franchise quarterback, who …last_img

10 months agoMalmo midfielder Brorsson: We’ll give Chelsea a hard, tough match

first_imgMalmo midfielder Brorsson: We’ll give Chelsea a hard, tough matchby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMalmo FF midfielder Franz Brorsson has mixed emotions drawing Chelsea in their Europa League tie.The two teams will meet in the round of 32.Brorsson stated: “It was the toughest possible. Interesting in terms of sport. What a challenge. I would love to see an easier opponent. I immediately thought, ‘a really big team’. There are many friends who will ask about tickets.”On their chances, Brorsson added: “It’s hard to put numbers on it. We are a giant, great underdog. There is no arguing on the matter. There are probably not many who think we’ll do this, but we’re going to give Chelsea a hard, tough match.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

PM to inaugurate metro’s Red Line extension to Ghaziabad; services to begin from Saturday

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is Friday slated to inaugurate the 9.4-km-long Dilshad Garden-New Bus Adda section, an extension of the Delhi Metro’s Red Line, which will open for passengers on Saturday. With this new section, the Delhi Metro will foray into the interiors of Ghaziabad for the first time, touching the industrial areas in twin cities of Ghaziabad and Sahibabad. “Passenger services on the Red Line extension from Dilshad Garden to Shaheed Sthal (New Bus Adda) in Ghaziabad will start from 8 am on Saturday,” DMRC’s Executive Director for Corporate Communications Anuj Dayal said. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items The stations on the stretch are Shahid Nagar, Raj Bagh, Rajendra Nagar, Shyam Park, Mohan Nagar, Arthala, Hindon River Station and New Bus Adda. This section will be an extension of the 25.09-km Rithala-Dilshad Garden corridor or Red Line, which has 21 stations. After opening of this section, the entire Red Line will become 34.72 km. “Trains will be available at a peak hour frequency of six minutes and twelve seconds on the Dilshad Garden New Bus Adda section. A total of 35 six-coach trains will be used on the entire Rithala New Bus Adda Red corridor. The total journey from Dilshad Garden to New Bus Adda will take about 16 minutes,” Dayal said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder “All the station buildings have at least two TOM (Ticket Office Machine) counters with one counter located at a lower height for facility of differently-abled commuters,” the DMRC said. This would be the second metro corridor in Ghaziabad, after the Blue Line, which links Delhi to the neighbouring city in Vaishali. The extension of Delhi Metro’s Red Line will connect residents of Ghaziabad to with various parts of the National Capital Region (NCR). “Currently, commuters have to rely on other modes of transport from Dilshad Garden to reach Sahibabad and further to Ghaziabad. Now with extension of metro, connectivity to Mohan Nagar from Dilshad Garden could also improve considerably,” he told reporters during a preview of the new corridor. After the opening of this section, the Delhi Metro network will span 336.6 km with 244 metro stations. The DMRC’s span in Uttar Pradesh would be 52.85 km.last_img read more

Woman found dead in Keshtopur flat

first_imgKolkata: A woman aged about 28 years was found hanging inside her room at a flat in Keshtopur on Friday morning. According to sources, her both hands were tied and the mouth was covered with an adhesive tape.According to locals, on Friday morning, one Vivek Kumar, a resident of flat 304 of AC 166 at Prafulla Kanan (East), saw her wife Khusbu Kumari hanging from ceiling of her room. The door was closed from outside and the key was hanging on the hash bolt of the door. Immediately, Baguiati police station was informed. Police recovered the body and sent it for an autopsy examination.Sources informed that Khusbu was from Jharkhand and was married to Kumar approximately 10 months ago. There was no problem between the couple but there was some problems regarding a loan which Khusbu had taken for some purpose. When police brought down the body, they found that she was hanging from ceiling with a piece of cloth. Her hands were tied in front with another piece of cloth. Cops suspect it to be a case of murder. The police have detained Kumar and questioned him. Also, sleuths are waiting for the autopsy report to determine the exact cause of death. Though Khusbu was found hanged, but no ligature mark on her neck could be seen. But some ligature marks could be seen apparently on the body. News of her death has been conveyed to her family members. Primarily, an Unnatural Death (UD) has been registered at the Baguiati police station. “Probe is on. There are some ifs and buts. We are investigating the case from all possible angles. But, we have to wait till the autopsy report comes. There might be some possibility of foul play,” said a senior police official.last_img read more

Man who oversaw Saddam hanging recalls dictator’s end

first_imgBaghdad- Mowaffak al-Rubaie sits in his office with a statue of Saddam Hussein behind him, the rope used to hang the dictator around its neck, recalling his final minutes.The former national security advisor, who oversaw Saddam’s 2006 execution, said he remained strong until the end, and never expressed any regret.“A criminal? True. A killer? True. A butcher? True. But he was strong until the end. “I received him (Saddam) at the door. No one entered with us — no foreigners, and no Americans,” Rubaie said in an interview with AFP at his office in the Kadhimiyah area of north Baghdad, near the prison where the execution took place seven years ago.“He was wearing a jacket and a white shirt, normal and relaxed, and I didn’t see any signs of fear.“Of course, some people want me to say that he collapsed or that he was drugged, but these facts are for history,” Rubaie said.“I didn’t hear any regret from him, I didn’t hear any request for mercy from God from him, or request for pardon.“A person who is about to die usually says, ‘God, forgive my sins — I am coming to you.’ But he never said any of that,” Rubaie told AFP.Saddam Hussein, who ruled Iraq for more than two decades marked by brutal repression, disastrous wars and punishing international sanctions, was hanged after being found guilty of crimes against humanity for the 1982 killing of 148 Shiite villagers in Dujail.He was president from July 1979 until the March 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, and was found by American forces hiding in a hole on a farm in December of that year.Saddam was executed three years later on December 30, 2006 after a summary trial.Some Iraqis, particularly Sunni Arabs, look back fondly on the time of Saddam’s rule, especially the periods of internal stability that stand in stark contrast to the brutal violence that has plagued the country since his overthrow.Saddam is also held in high regard by some Arabs for his 1980-88 war with Iran, his confrontations with the United States, his strikes against Israel, and his composure during his execution, which was recorded on mobile phone videos.‘This is for men’“When I brought him, he was handcuffed and holding a Koran,” said Rubaie, ignoring the statue of Saddam behind him, which depicts the dictator dressed in a uniform bearing the insignia of his exclusive military rank.“I took him to the judge’s room, where he read the list of indictments, as Saddam repeated: ‘Death to America! Death to Israel! Long live Palestine! Death to the Persian magi!”Rubaie then took Saddam to the room in which he was to die.“He stopped, looked at the gallows, then he looked me up and down… and said: ‘Doctor, this is for men’.”When it was time for Saddam to mount the gallows, his legs were still bound, so Rubaie and others had to drag him up the steps.Just before he was hanged, witnesses taunted him with shouts of “Long live Imam Mohammed Baqr al-Sadr!” and “Moqtada! Moqtada!” — references to an opponent of Saddam who was killed during his rule, and the dead man’s relative, who rose to command a powerful militia after 2003.Saddam replied: “Is this manhood?”Rubaie said he pulled the lever to hang Saddam, but it did not work. Another person he did not name then pulled it a second time, killing him.Just before he was hanged, Saddam began to recite the Muslim testament of faith.“I testify that there is no god but God, and Mohammed…,” he began, but he was hanged before he could say the final words, “is the messenger of God.”Rubaie went under the gallows to retrieve the body, which he said was put in a white bag and placed on a stretcher.The body was then transported in an American helicopter from the prison where he was hanged to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s residence in the heavily-fortified Green Zone.The helicopter was crowded with people, Rubaie said, so the body had to be put on the floor, and the doors of the helicopter were left open during the flight, as the stretcher was too long to fit otherwise.“I remember clearly that the sun was starting to rise” as the helicopter flew over Baghdad, Rubaie said.‘The room was full of death’At his residence, “the prime minister took our hands and said: ‘God bless you.’ I told him, ‘Go ahead and look at him.’ So he uncovered his face, and saw Saddam Hussein,” said Rubaie, who is still a close ally of the premier.“I have never had such a very strange feeling,” Rubaie, who was thrice imprisoned during Saddam’s rule, said of participating in the execution.“He committed countless crimes, and he deserved to be hanged a thousand times, live again, and be hanged again. But the feeling, that feeling is a strange feeling,” he said. “The room was full of death.”Rubaie said Saddam’s execution was set in motion after a video conference between Maliki and then US president George Bush, who asked the Iraqi prime minister: “What are you going to do with this criminal?”Maliki replied: “We hang him.”Bush gave him a thumbs up, signalling his approvallast_img read more